Yesterday morning was spent learning about the art of Taka - the distinct Filipino version of paper mache. This cultural gem is preserved and perfected by “magtataka” - taka artisans from Paete, Laguna, the wood-carving capital of the Philippines. Wood-carving and Taka are interconnected because wooden horses serve as the mold which will be covered by layers and layers of recycled paper, turning it into a Taka masterpiece. After letting it dry for a day or two (depending on the size of the horse), the papered layer will carefully be removed from the wooden horse and there goes your Taka! Of course there is a world of other designs but horses are the traditional ones and you don’t just let go of traditions, right? I learned that in the 1940s-50s, taka horses are considered the ultimate true toys of Paete kids. Nowadays, taka horses are being made from all sizes ranging from tiny ponies to horses big enough for toddlers to ride on. Our taka artisan lecturer speaker, Ma’am Nora Cadlawas, is considered the best in Paete and makes taka horses for export abroad. She has also given lectures on the art of taka in different Philippine provinces and even in China. The most inspiring part? She was able to send herself to school and graduate with a BS Education degree from her taka business! She’s been a taka artisan for 54 years now. I am so thankful to Quriocity for organizing fun and creative learning events such as Good Morning, Taka. I can’t wait for the next learning session!

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Holiday well-spent with my little monkeys

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Holiday-ing at home with my nephew Danyael who wrote an adorable “About Tita Tricia” page on his notebook.

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We went to visit Nana and Tata today and I saw this salakot in their living room and I just had to take a picture.

We went to visit Nana and Tata today and I saw this salakot in their living room and I just had to take a picture.

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delta-breezes:

around the house, part three by manyfires on Flickr.

delta-breezes:

around the house, part three by manyfires on Flickr.

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Today’s breakfast: milk and coffee jelly. Sweet morning indeed.

Today’s breakfast: milk and coffee jelly. Sweet morning indeed.

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"We loved with a love that was more than love."

Edgar Allan Poe (via feellng)

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reignofbooks:

i can never say if i’m a slow or a fast reader tbh my pace always depends on the book some books i finish in one sitting and others i finish after 78 years

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"Instead, we’d do what we always did, the only thing we’d ever been dependably stellar at: we’d read."

Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters (via observando)

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Jesrell: Pakinggan mo yung Thinking Out Loud ni Ed Sheeran.
Tricia: Nadi-distract ako pag nakikita ko si Ed Sheeran kasi feeling ko mukha siyang hobbit.
Jesrell: May pagkamasamang ugali ka. Haha.
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"Perhaps the reason memories of youth are always in watercolor is because they end before they can be put in more vivid colors."

Seo In Ha, Love Rain

New-found hobby: pattern-making

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My office friends and I went to Little Tokyo last Wednesday and had a little Japanese feast. How can you ever go wrong with good food and great conversations? Finally the food I ordered that night wasn’t epic fail unlike the first time I went there when the noodles I got was literally walang lasa. Haha. Lesson learned: When something bad or unpleasant happens somewhere, you have to go back to the place and try to create new and better memories there.

My office friends and I went to Little Tokyo last Wednesday and had a little Japanese feast. How can you ever go wrong with good food and great conversations? Finally the food I ordered that night wasn’t epic fail unlike the first time I went there when the noodles I got was literally walang lasa. Haha. Lesson learned: When something bad or unpleasant happens somewhere, you have to go back to the place and try to create new and better memories there.

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"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers."

Jennifer E. Smith (via observando)

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